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Old 11-08-2007, 05:10 PM   #1
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Firefox XP to Firefox Linux

How do you transfer all the settings & bookmarks & stuff from your Firefox in Windows XP to Firefox in Linux?
Old 11-08-2007, 05:22 PM   #2
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For the bookmarks, simply open Firefox and click on "Bookmarks >> Organize Bookmarks >> Export". Save the file as you wish and transfer that file to your Linux machine. Do the same thing again, but instead of "Export", choose "Import".

For the settings, I think(not really sure) you can copy your folder "C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\defaults\profile" to your .mozilla-firefox (or whatever it is called) in your Linux box.

If you need to synchronize your bookmarks across two or more computer/Operating system, you may want to check Foxmarks, a Firefox plugin which will allow you to keep all your bookmarks synchronized.

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How about basically the same question for Thunderbird?
Old 11-09-2007, 03:44 PM   #4
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It's pretty much the same for Thunderbird. Just copy your Thunderbird profile over to Linux and then edit the "profile.ini" or what ever it's called in the Thunderbird directory. Change it to point at your old profile (directory).
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What these guys said is correct. Just copy the profile for each application, and make sure the profile.ini file points to the correct profile. Too simple.

A note to make, though. I made this transition with my Thunderbird installation, from Windows to Linux. The versions were slightly different, so at first my Linux Thunderbird balked at my profile. It took a couple of Thunderbird restarts, but it finally gave in and played nice. Haven't had any trouble since.
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The point where I might be trying this might be further in the future so it might be a while before I can say how it went to you.
Old 11-11-2007, 05:07 AM   #7
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Just to add that there might be problems transferring the whole profile, since the profile contains some OS-specific data (such as file paths).

A better approach might be to create a new profile under Linux, then copy only the particular files that you want to transfer, overwriting the versions of those files created by the Linux program (you can generally tell from the file name what each file is for). There should be fewer problems if you only copy the files selectively.
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You could also look at something like Foxmarks(
That's what I used to use.
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Thanks guys.
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OK. I'm just doing a Kubuntu 7.10 Live CD boot, not an actual install, to try things out. I've downloaded the Firefox for Linux folder but don't know which file to double click to get the installation going (I hope it's that easy).

Then I plan to import bookmarks.

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On the Ubuntu 7.10 live CD and the Mint 4.0 live CD I couldn't find a .mozilla-firefox or a profile.ini. I did find a firefox folder with a profile folder with bookmarks.html on both and a profile folder in thunderbird just in Mint.

Is that cause it's the live CD and not a regular installation?

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